Mercury surge worries wheat farmers: The Tribune India



Tribune press service

Manav Mander

Ludhiana, March 23

Rising temperatures accompanied by inadequate power supply are worrying farmers in the state as their crops are likely to be affected due to these factors.

A sudden increase in temperature will have a detrimental effect on the yield of the wheat crop. The maximum temperature recorded on Tuesday was 35°C.

To avoid the impact of this unusual increase in temperature at the grain filling/forming stage, agriculture experts have advised farmers to irrigate as needed for the wheat crop.

According to Dr. Pavneet Kaur Kingra, Head of Department of Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology, Punjab Agricultural University, there are no western disturbances and the weather is also expected to remain warm and dry in the coming days. This will negatively impact the wheat crop as it needs lower temperatures at this stage.

Agriculture experts have advised farmers to irrigate as needed and spray salicylic acid by dissolving 15g in 450ml of ethyl alcohol, using 200 liters of water per acre, in the first milk stages to mitigate the effect of high temperature on grain filling. and increase wheat yield.

“Farmers should regularly inspect the crop for signs of stripe rust. If symptoms appear, they should spray Custodia/Caviet/Opera/Tilt/Stilt/Bumper/Shine/Markzole 0.1% or Nativo 0.06%. To produce Karnal bunt free wheat seed, farmers should give a single spray of 200ml of Tilt per acre using 200 liters of water at the heading stage,” said an agricultural expert from PAU.

Harvinder Singh, a farmer from a village near Samrala, said they only got three to four hours of electricity a day, which was insufficient. “The wheat needs water at this stage because the temperature has suddenly risen but we cannot irrigate due to the lack of electricity. We need a power supply of at least eight hours.

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